Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the 14 LP box set The Beatles Collection by the Beatles, including the original obi and all inserts.
This set includes all of the Beatles studio albums (UK track listings) and a bonus LP, Rarities. Magical Mystery Tour, originally a U.S.-only album, was not included in this box set.
About this copy: This copy of The Beatles Collection is a 1982 Japanese pressing of a box set that was originally issued in 1979. This edition was not individually numbered.
The cover is VG, with wear on the corners, and along the edge of the hinged lid.
The obi is VG, with some wear at the edges and a small tear on the left side. A single obi was used for the box, the albums themselves did not include one.
The covers are M-, with no wear to speak of, but the white portions of some of the titles have slight foxing, which is common on Japanese LPs.
All 14 discs are M-, and all look unplayed. One track on Revolver has a small inaudible mark (“She Said She Said”).
These discs are black vinyl and are on the all-black EMI/Odeon label that was in use in 1982 when the box was released.
The Rarities album has a proper posterboard cover, unlike the U.S./UK issues, which had a paper sleeve.
All of the albums include their proper lyric insert, and there’s an additional insert for the box set itself.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band also includes the color cutout sheet in addition to the insert.
The Beatles (aka The White Album) includes the poster, as well as a second poster that replaces the four 8″x10″ photos that originally came with the album (see photo).
A nice copy of a fairly rare box set and one that’s hard to find complete.
Background: Originally released in 1978 in the UK, The Beatles Collection was the first attempt by the Beatles’ record company to package all of the band’s recordings in a single package.
The UK issue was a limited edition, and a 3300 numbered copies of that edition were sold in the U.S. as American issues.
The box set was also sold in a few other countries, including Australia and Japan.
The Japanese pressing was released twice, in 1979 and again in 1982 with a different catalog number and obi.
The box set also included a new album, Rarities, that included a number of tracks that were not originally issued on LP in the UK. This album was later issued separately in a number of countries.
Included in the box set:
- Please, Please Me
- With the Beatles
- A Hard Day’s Night
- Beatles for Sale
- Rubber Soul
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- The Beatles (The White Album) 2 LP
- Yellow Submarine
- Abbey Road
- Let It Be
Magical Mystery Tour, originally released as a U.S.-only album, was not included in this set.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1978|